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PRESENTATION
The Wire - 'The Frictions in the Rakhine State Are Less About Islamophobia Than Rohingya-Phobia'.
The Wire - 'The Frictions in the Rakhine State Are Less About Islamophobia Than Rohingya-Phobia'.
Jacques Leider @ The Wire: Excerpts from Interview
30 SEPTEMBER 17
Leider: "It is important to recall that the Rakhine themselves have struggled to be recognised as an ethnic group after independence and their ethnically denominated Rakhine state was only created in 1974. They are keen to stress their separate historical and cultural identity despite the religion, language and cultural traits they share with the majority Burmese (or Bamar). The 969 movement has picked up the Rakhine crisis issues to feed its own anti-Muslim discourse, but it was not bred in the Rakhine state. The Western media still fails to make a clear distinction between anti-Muslim violence in Myanmar's urban centres and the radically different context of the Rakhine state. Even well-meaning academics tend to exemplify Islamophobia in Myanmar by pointing to the high number of Muslim IDPs (internally displaced people) in Rakhine state. At the same time, the political sentiments of Rakhine people are not integrated into international political analysis. On the other hand, the traditionally reclusive Rakhines have entirely failed to communicate a positive image of themselves to the rest of the world, to commit themselves publicly to tolerance and to invest in politically constructive ideas for the future. In a globalised world, it's not enough to lay back and complain in confidential circles about the world that does not respect "us"."


https://thewire.in/182611/frictions-rakhine-state-less-islamophobia-rohingya-phobia/

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